Photographer's Note

Lepidoptera are a large order of insects that include moths and butterflies. The term was coined by the Swedish scientist, Carl Linnaeus in 1735 and is derived from ancient greek words for scale and wing.

Having had two glorious days on the Isle of Wight the heavens opened on Sunday and a major storm pushed through the UK (the worst September storm for 30 years). Butterfly World promised some shelter so we headed for there. We were immediately faced with a hefty entrance fee and a notice about the butterflies not flying because of the cold temperatures. Anyway, with nothing else to do we went in and in the first 5 minutes saw a lot of foliage and no butterflies. However, once our eyes became trained we realised that they were everywhere, and because they were not moving much, they were fairly easy to photograph. I have no experience with photographing butterlflies so tried all sorts of settings with and without flash. This one did not need flash because the butterfly was very still and there was enough light. I have spent a long time on the internet trying to identify this butterfly but had no luck. If anyone can identify it I would love to know what it is. The butterflies were from around the world which makes it harder.

Thanks to John (Tyro) this is now identified as a Zebra Longwing.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1768 W: 0 N: 4456] (21903)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-09-23
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-09-29 8:53
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